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Do you notice that when the seasons change, so does your skin?

My hubby is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor and has taught me so much about the mind and the body and especially the skin.

In essence, TCM seeks to understand and facilitate harmony in human life. It’s a very simple principle, any system that is in harmony tends towards health, well-being, and sustainability. A system that’s in disharmony tends towards illness, disease, suffering, and collapse. The same rule applies to your skin.

The following guide will help you figure out the properties of your skin, how to pick the right ingredients based on the season and essentially help you have glowing skin all year round.

GREAT SKIN DOES NOT HAPPEN BY CHANCE

WOOD is aligned with spring. You will probably notice that your skin is dull and sallow and in need of revitalization and energy. It’s the perfect time for regeneration, radiance, and vitality. It’s also the time when the skin grows and changes. We want to balance the sebum and replenish moisture level. Your skin may tend to be on the oily side.

A women's feet near a garden

Healthy healers: Rose, lavender, yarrow, comfrey, and calendula.
Essential oils: Geranium, ylang-ylang, bergamot, jasmine, neroli, and rose.
Super moisturizing oils: Hazelnut, jojoba, avocado, and grapeseed.
Supplement aids: Vitamin B-complex and zinc.

FIRE is aligned with summer, it’s all about warmth, energy, and heat and when you have too much fire your skin can get oily, clogged and congested. Oil Control in the summer is key, cooling, soothing and sebum balancing actives to help support the skin and re-balance it from environmental stress, free radicals and of course the sun, are essential. You want to look to antibacterial formulations that purify, calm and detox. You may be suffering from redness and irritation.

Healthy healers: Witch-hazel, yarrow, and lemongrass.
Essential oils: Cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli, organ, and lemon.
Super moisturizing oils: Jojoba, argan, and grapeseed
Supplement aids: Vitamins A, B3, and C, zinc, and probiotics

METAL is aligned with autumn, the perfect time to detoxify, boost circulation, cleanse and prepare the skin for the winter ahead. Face masks (or steams), detoxifying bath and body oils, are the best. The fall is also the time when skin needs anti-aging support, nourishment, and hydration. Your skin may be dry and flaky.

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Healthy healers: Rose, marshmallow root, marigold, white or green tea.
Essential oils: Frankincense, myrrh, rose, neroli, and patchouli.
Super moisturizing oils: Cocoa butter, apricot kernel, rosehip, and almond.
Supplement aids: Vitamins A, C, C and E CoQ10, selenium and zinc.

WATER is aligned with winter, it’s the time of year when our skin needs nurturing, calming, and moisture boosting. Too much wind and cold leads to a lack of moisture and indoor heat make the skin sensitive, dehydrated and irritable. Essential fatty acids and moisture generating actives will help plump and nourish the skin. Your skin may be lacking tone or volume.

Healthy healers: Calendula, oats, green tea, aloe, and chickweed.
Essential oils: Chamomile, rose and Roman chamomile.
Super moisturizing oils: Apricot kernel, avocado, jojoba, wheat germ, and borage.
Supplement aids: Omega-3 fats, probiotics, vitamins B5 and E.

The EARTH element is central to all elements. When the earth element is in harmony all of our elements are in equilibrium. Earth is also aligned with the late summer months, a time when the skin is fluctuating and is in need of balance. If you take care of your skin throughout the year and keep in mind the changing seasons you will be happy. Your skin may be prone to blemishes, acne or enlarged pores.

 

It’s important to think about what we are putting in our bodies.

Getting a good night’s sleeping is vital for skin health. Chronic lack of sleep can age us.

De-stress, unplug and take some time for you. Meditate, read or even colour.

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Avoid booze and smoking.

Use high-quality skincare products with gentle natural cleansing agents, oils, and plant extracts, and avoid petrochemicals, they do more harm than good.

Eat a healthy diet filled with omega-3 fatty acids and most importantly WEAR SUNBLOCK.

 

a seasonal prescription for glowing ski

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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Our skin is amazing. It’s alive and dynamic and it protects our body from so many things. Toxins, pollution, and sweat, just to name a few.
Our skin is also a reflection of what we eat and drink, so feeding it the good stuff is the key to supple, hydrated, beautiful skin.

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